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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Elms

 
 
The Elms Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 17, 2004
1. The Elms Marker
Inscription. In 1844, Lambert Spencer built a simple Greek Revival home detailed with Doric columns and acanthus leaves. In 1868, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bowers enlarged and beautified the home. Mr. Bowers added two hexagonal wings and hired an itinerant painter to paint three ceiling frescoes. Mrs. Bowers, with the help of an English gardener, laid out a formal butterfly-shaped garden. The kitchen was a separate building, joined to the house by a covered porch. Other outbuildings included a two-story servant house, smokehouse, well, wash house, barn and cow shed. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Reverse Side
Lambert Spencer moved to Columbus from Talbot County, Maryland in 1828. He purchased twelve acres from William L. Wynn in 1844. Henson G. Estes later received the property from Spencer. In 1862, Lloyd Guyton Bowers, a cotton broker, traveled from Massachusetts to Macon, Georgia where he married Sarah Tabitha Bartlett. The Bowers soon moved to Columbus and purchased The Elms. The house remained in the Bowers family until 1966 and was then purchased by Allen M. Woodall, Jr. In 1999, Mrs. Maxwell C. Harden, daughter of a local builder, Thomas Watson Cooper, returned to Columbus and purchased The Elms for her home.
 
Erected 2004 by The Historic
Reverse Side of The Elms Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 17, 2004
2. Reverse Side of The Elms Marker
Chattahoochee Commission, Mrs. Maxwell C. Harden , and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.
 
Location. 32° 27.977′ N, 84° 57.946′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of Buena Vista Road and Jeanette Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Buena Vista Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1846 Buena Vista Road, Columbus GA 31906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cedars (approx. half a mile away); Wynnton School Library (approx. half a mile away); Carson McCullers (approx. 0.8 miles away); He Helped Bring And Keep Fort Benning (approx. 0.8 miles away); William H. Spencer High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1918 Diamond Jubilee 1993 Camp Benning / Fort Benning (approx. one mile away); Radcliff School (approx. one mile away); Holsey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding The Elms. From 1967 to the late 1990s the house was used as the home of radio station WDAK, a major station in the Columbus area.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable Buildings
 
The Elms image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 17, 2004
3. The Elms
 
 
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